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Old 08-21-2019, 04:30 PM   #1
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SAE or Metric tools for a travel trailer?

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Just got a new (to us) 2017 Rockwood Mini lite 2104s. Slowly filling it up with stuff each trip. I have a decent set of tools and a couple of tool boxes in my basement (a disorganized mess), but for the trailer I was thinking of grabbing one of those 100+ piece $50 tool kits (Harbor Freight, Walmart, et al). Something with a bunch of sockets, screw drivers, hammer,.... for quick repairs and up keep while on the road.
While helping my neighbor put a new outboard engine on his boat it came up that boats & trailers are generally SAE sized. His friend, the BMW mechanic, pointed out that he only owns Metric tools because BMW's, and all other cars/trucks are all metric.
So for our travel trailers (My Rockwood in particular) are they SAE, metric, or a mix? I've seen some metric or SAE only tool kits that might offer a better value.
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:49 PM   #2
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I don't carry anything but metric in my traveling toolbox. (even my crescent wrench is metric)!
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Old 08-21-2019, 04:56 PM   #3
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For metric tools I carry 10, 13, 15mm 3/8" drive sockets deep and shallow and end wrenches you will rarely use anything beyond that in metric. A standard set of 3/8" standard sockets and a 1/4" drive set have done all I need for on the road repairs.

Add a 4 piece set of craftsman pliers and a good sized pair of channel locks.

My favorite go to tool is a 1/4' shank power driver with a selection of bits.
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I've always carried, and needed, both. PITA! I have mainly older vehicles where the majority of fasteners are standard, with a few metric. The newer ones seem to be reversed (more metric). My RV is also mixed, but the majority seem to be standard.
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Old 08-21-2019, 05:22 PM   #5
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I find this chart to be handy.
http://extension.missouri.edu/webster/wrench-chart.aspx
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Don’t forget those metric pliers an crescent wrench’s
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Don't forget to include the "friendly" square drive bits for all those screws! Who came up with those - and why???
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Hammer.......bigger hammer!


Seriously though....since we full time, my front bay of my 5'er has enough tools and supplies to rebuild/repair almost anything on this RV. And it does include a hammer and a bigger hammer.
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Came up a long time ago... and reason why is that it is one of the best screws as it doesn’t strip as easy as any other screws. Oh... and go Canada!
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Don't forget the metric hammer. Just in case you have to tap out a tight fitting metric bolt. An sae hammer will damage the metric bolt.
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I carried a little bit of both. Cresent and pipe wrench to combat any other situation. Got a metric ladder too...1.828 meters tall.
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Thanks all for all the replies. Sounds like a Metric only kit would do the trick. I do keep a small socket set in the truck that has a mix so that should cover my SAE needs. And a good thought on the Hex/Torx/Square bit collection. I was mainly thinking of sockets, but I image the bit's will be of more value.
I do need to make sure anything I get has the metric pliers, and hammer
I bring the cordless drill with me so probaly should add a small pack of drill bits to the list. I leave the sawzall at home... not sure anything good can come of having it with me.
Thanks again.
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Don't forget to include the "friendly" square drive bits for all those screws! Who came up with those - and why???

Some guy named Robertson. They were made to enable a screw to stay on the bit better (the square is slightly tapered) than the then popular Phillips drive, which also had more of a wear problem. The industry jumped on those fasteners like a free lunch. Almost all the screws on an RV are #2, with just enough #1 used to be a pain.

The building industry on the other hand has gone nuts over the Torx bits, mostly T-25. Better than regular Phillips, but still prefer the squares! As an aside, you can also find screws with a combination square and Phillips head, called "Quadrex" At the factory, they're put in with square drive, but you can service them with a Phillips. You will also find a good number of Torx screws in consumer products these days. Everything from a T-7 to a T-30. Many seat belt anchors are T-60...I don't know why, other than it facilitated using an automatic screw feeder.
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We call crescent wrenches "adjustable metric wrenches".
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I picked up a whole set - Husky. Includes everything except screwdrivers. Includes both sae, metric, Allen wrenches, torx, etc. and came in a nice thin plastic case that unfolds - stores easily.

I do carry a battery powered impact wrench as well - never know and lug its don’t get easier with age.

I also picked up a battery powered soldering iron just in case - things do break sometimes.
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Thanks all for all the replies. Sounds like a Metric only kit would do the trick. I do keep a small socket set in the truck that has a mix so that should cover my SAE needs. And a good thought on the Hex/Torx/Square bit collection. I was mainly thinking of sockets, but I image the bit's will be of more value.
I do need to make sure anything I get has the metric pliers, and hammer
I bring the cordless drill with me so probaly should add a small pack of drill bits to the list. I ..leave the sawzall at home. not sure anything good can come of having it with me.
Thanks again.
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Oh yeah!....I forgot about the cordless drill, just make sure it too is "metric"!

Sawzall!!!....never thought of that!. Yeah.....better leaving that at home.
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Agreed. About once ever couple of years or so I'm so aggravated at the RV that I would probably use the sawzall right through the hitch. Then I fix whatever is broken, and all is right with the world again
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Oh yeah!....I forgot about the cordless drill, just make sure it too is "metric"!

Sawzall!!!....never thought of that!. Yeah.....better leaving that at home.
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